9 evidence-based facts on supplements in mental health

Australian authors say some have benefits, but many need more research

Omega 3 fatty acids that contain mostly eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) are useful adjuncts to antidepressants in patients with depression, a large Australian study suggests.

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The finding is the strongest from the review of 33 meta-analyses comparing various dietary supplements with placebo in patients with or at high risk of mental illness, researchers from Western Sydney University say.

Other supplements including high-dose methylfolate, N-acetyl cysteine and vitamin D may also be useful adjuncts in treatment of some psychiatric disorders